Published: March 1, 2017

On February 26, 2017, Department of Human Resources employees Chrissy Harrison and Kenny Nelson received awards at the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Western Region conference in Houston, Texas.  CUPA-HR VP & COO Rob Shomaker, Kenny R Nelson, Chrissy Harrison, CUPA-HR President & CEO Andy Brantley

Chrissy Harrison, Onboarding Program Manager, received the HR Excellence Award. This regional award honors transformative HR work in higher education, recognizing individuals or teams who have provided HR leadership resulting in significant and ongoing organizational change within their institutions. The CU Boulder onboarding program for university and classified staff launched in 2016. This program includes the New Employee Welcome Experience, CU Discover Series, and comprehensive tools and resources for hiring managers and new employees. As the recipient of this regional award, Harrison is eligible for consideration for the national HR Excellence Award. 

Kenny Nelson, HR Assistant Director over the HR Service Center, received the Emerging Leader Award. This regional award  identifies and recognizes a human resource professional who is a positive role model, mentor, and has made significant contributions(s) to the profession, his/her campus and/or CUPA-HR. Under Kenny’s leadership, the HR Service Center (HRSC) has quickly grown from the initial twelve employees to twenty-two employees. The HRSC serves 90 CU Boulder departments by providing transactional HR and payroll support, including the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Media, Communication and Information; and Auxiliary Services.